I joined the University of Portsmouth as a full-time lecturer in 2011. I have an AHRC-funded PhD in Applied Linguistics, which I was awarded in January 2012. I have also been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since October 2015.

I teach both classroom based and distance learning students.


  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Starting Language Research
  • Business Communication
  • The Project


  • Technical Communication
  • Critical Approaches to Specialised Translation (revising and editing for translators and Japanese to English translation)
  • Translation Technologies (corpus/glossary building and pre- and post-editing of machine translation)
  • Translation Project (Japanese to English translation)
  • dissertation supervision

Research Interests

My main research interests are in:

  • Tattoos (particularly tattooing in Japan and Japanese style tattoos outside of Japan)
  • Technical communication (both modern and historical)
  • The use of technical communication for language teaching in Japan

I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of these areas.

I have written a book Controlling Language in Industry: Controlled Languages for Technical Documents that was published in February 2017 (Palgrave Macmillan) and edited a book Current Practices and Trends in Technical and Professional Communication that was published in July 2017 (ISTC Books).

I collaborate regularly with researchers in Japan, particularly from Kanto Gakuin University (関東学院大学) and the University of Aizu (会津大学).

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